NASB serves as an advocate for public education and local school governance.
The Association strives to serve its members, and inspires its members to work as a team with legislators and state officials to secure laws and regulations that benefit Nebraska’s public schools.
One of the Association’s advocacy goals is to represent the interests of school board members with our state lawmakers. NASB lobbies in support of the school boards, guided by the legislative agenda that is developed by the Legislation Committee.
The Legislative agenda is initiated each year with the submission of local board proposals/legislative resolutions. Our advocacy team also monitors state and federal legislative developments and communicates to our members’ legislative activities, updates on state and federal laws, court decisions and other legal issues for public schools.
FERPA Re-write Introduced in House
On July 22, the House Education and the Workforce Committee
announced the introduction of a bi-partisan bill amending FERPA. The Student Privacy Protection Act
(H.R. 3157), introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Rokita (R-IN) and Ranking Member Fudge (D-OH), would "modernize privacy protections, improve communication between parents and school officials, and hold schools, states and independent entities accountable for their use of student information."
The bill would:
- Require schools disclosing records education service providers to enter into a written agreement with specific provisions, and require schools to make copies of these agreements available to parents;
- Require information security practices including designating an official responsible for security and establishing a breach notification policy;
- Prohibit any "person with access to an education record or a student's personally identifiable information contained in the education record" to market or otherwise advertise directly to students using information gained through that access;
- Permit the Secretary of Education to impose fines on educational institutions or the state educational authority fines from $100 to $1.5 million for failure to voluntarily comply; and much more.
NSBA submitted detailed comments on a discussion draft of this bill. Among NSBA's many recommendations, it urged Congress not to expand the definition of "education record" to include metadata, not to add layers of federal regulation or expansion of the Department of Education's role beyond encouraging consistency and providing support through guidance and training, among numerous other recommendations, and not to provide for parent opt-out of research studies.
If you have questions or concerns about the bill, please contact NSBA.
90 Days are in the books ...
The sun has set on the 104th Legislature, 1st Session, where 272 bills have been signed into law. This session has been both interesting, and historic. A session that started with 18 new Senators, ended with a Speaker who claimed “... this could be the class the stars fell on in the Legislature.”
From the beginning, K-12 Public Education was not on the front burner, but that doesn’t mean it was not a high priority with the body. Look for it to receive more attention in the 2016 Session.
A total of 663 bills were introduced during the sessions first 10 days. From there, NASB’s Legislation Committee thoroughly examined around 120 at their January meeting prior to the Legislative Issues Conference, where it was decided NASB would be supporting 16 bills, opposing 14, and keeping a close eye on many others. Of the 16 bills NASB testified in support of, six will become law on August 30, 2015*. Five were approved by the Governor, while one (LB 623) was vetoed by the Governor, but a 34-10, veto override allows the bill to become law. These and all bills can be found under the Legislative Bills to Folllow link.
As a whole, the main issues that grabbed the majority of the Senator’s time and headlines this session included Tax Relief, Medicaid Expansion, Prison Reform, Medical Marijuana, keeping the biennium budget growth to as close to 3% as possible, and of course, the Death Penalty.
While the Legislature is now “out” for the summer, there is a lot of work to be done as Senators start to work on the Interim Studies to develop reports and recommendations for the 2016 Session. Two of those studies will look at State Aid and the relationship it has to Property Taxes.
The 2016 Legislative Session is the short, 60-day, session and will be fast-paced from day one to get all the big issues addressed before the next group of term limited senators leave the body at the end of that session. It is schedule to begin January 6, 2016.
2015 Legislative Session sees 18 new Senators join the ranks
104th Legislature, 1st Session began at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, with 18 new Senators joining 31 of their peers. It was a busy first day as Senators voted to determine both the Speaker of the Legislature, and all Committee Chairs. Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney was voted this year’s Speaker, and the Education Committee will again be Chaired by Sen. Kate Sullivan. The session will last 90 working days, and is schedule to conclude on June 5. Track the 2015 Legislature with NASB’s Legislative Notes
To view photos from the Legislative IssuesConference,held January 25-26 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, visit www.facebook.com/NASBonline... the Conference included Governor Ricketts, Speaker Hadley, as well as Sens. Sullivan, Nordquist, and Mello. The Conference concluded with the majority of the Senators joining the attendees for lunch to netowrk and discuss issues important to education, and their districts.
NSBA Advocates For Public Education
The National School Boards Association advocates for public education. Their Office of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy represents the interests of 90,000 local school board members in Congress allowing us to be heard at the federal level and within other public policy forums pertinent to public education. They prioritize such federal efforts as federal funding, early childhood education and have recently kicked off the “Stand up 4 Public Schools” campaign to bring a collective voice in support of public education.
Click here for the NSBA Federal Legislative Priorities
Click here for more information on Stand Up 4 Public Schools